Worth a Look


On stage

'Bat Boy: The Musical'

The tabloid-inspired story of a half-bat, half-human creature trying to fit in with civilized life (set to a beat-driven rock-music score), "Bat Boy: The Musical," presented by the Los Altos Stage Company, opens this week and continues through June 25. Performances take place Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m. (no show May 29) at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Tickets are $18 for students, $30 for adults. Go to Los Altos Stage Company.

Fine art

'Texture + Flow'

An exhibition of Kathleen Mitchell's intensely colorful acrylic paintings of landscapes both real and imagined will open on Tuesday, May 31, and continue through June 26 at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos (artist's reception Friday, June 3). The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to Viewpoints Gallery.

Musical theater

'Songs for a New World'

A collaboration between Stanford University's music department and the student-theater company At the Fountain Theatricals, "Songs for a New World" is a gospel- and folk-music influenced musical tapestry of stories, composed by Broadway's Jason Robert Brown. The free show will be performed at Dinkelspiel Auditorium,

471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. plus a special matinee/talk-back performance on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Go to Stanford events.

Chamber music

'From Bohemia's Fields and Groves'

The New Esterházy Quartet will perform a concert of music by Czech composers Antonin Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana on Sunday, May 29, at 4 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. According to the program notes, the music of Dvorřák and Smetana is imbued with a definite Czech spirit, with the composers sharing "an awareness of the Czech nationalism that was struggling with Austrian political and cultural hegemony in the latter 19th century." Tickets are $10 student/$20 senior/$25 general admission. Go to New Esterázy Quartet.

Murder mystery

'An Appointment with Death'

Murder, she wrote! Agatha Christie's beloved mustachioed sleuth Hercule Poirot takes the stage in Foothill College's adaptation of this story of murder among tourists in the Holy Land, in celebration of Christie's 125th birthday. Performances run through June 10, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. (no show on May 29). Tickets are $10-$20. Go to Foothill College.

Community festival

East Palo Alto Arts & Music Fest

The fifth-annual East Palo Alto Arts & Music Fest, featuring art and graffiti workshops, a T-shirt station, interactive booths, a skate competition, multicultural food, and live music (including a performance by Soji & Edgardo), will be held Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bell Street Park, East Palo Alto. The free, family-friendly event is sponsored by The East Palo Alto Youth Arts and Music Center Project, Live In Peace, Inc, YAMC's Youth Action Team, a variety of local artists, and the City of East Palo Alto, with the goal of fostering civic pride and community spirit. For more information, visit Facebook or email isaiah.phillips2@gmail.com.

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